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to the associated press, some lawmakers made thousands of dollars in repairs to cars they would soon own again. bob dutten spent almost $6,000 of taxpayer money to repair his chevy tahoe. all in the months before the state sold his suv, which dutten bought back. attempts to reach former senator dutten failed, but he's quoted as saying the car needed work as it approached $100,000. >> reporter: he is not alone, others also spent thousands of dollars to fix their cars. senator artesia had a bill for nearly $2,400 in the weeks approximate before he bought it. assemblyman hall of compton racked up more than $2,400 before the state sold his car, and then he bought it back. critics say california was long overdue ending this program. >> the only state in the country that had this program finally ended the program. >> reporter: it's impossible to know if a lawmaker benefited from last minute repairs, because the repairs could have driven up the price of that car at auction. lawmakers no longer have cars, they are paid per mile. it's an open question whether that is actually saving taxpayers money. >>> at
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